Minister Dr. Aishath Ali has attended the Tenth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF10) in Calgary, Canada, from 14 to 16 September 2022, hosted by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Athabasca University (AU). The Minister was accompanied by Deputy Minister Mr. Ahmed Mujahid.
The Forum takes place every three years and is considered one of the world’s leading international conferences on open, distance and technology-enabled learning. The Forum is designed to explore ways to widen educational access, bridge the digital divide, and advance the social & economic development of communities and nations at large. It focused on topics relating to developing countries and participation of practitioners from these countries.
This year's presentations and discussions were grouped around the four sub-themes; Building resilience, fostering lifelong learning, inspiring innovations and promoting equity & inclusion.
During this Forum, Minister Dr. Aishath Ali chaired a keynote plenary session on ‘Building Resilience’ given by Dr. Rolph Payet. He is the executive secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions since 2014. He was also the former Minister for Environment & Energy of Seychelles.
She also participated in the second PCF10 panel discussion led by Prof. Asha Kanwar, President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), on ‘Transforming Education for Climate Change’.
During the Third day of the forum, Minister and Deputy Minister Mujahid attended the special Ministerial Roundtable Conference at PCF10. It was an opportunity to consider the learnings from the proceedings of #PCF10 and advice further inputs into the Calgary communique. 9 Education Ministers from the Commonwealth attended this special roundtable discussion co-chaired by COL President and CEO, Prof. Asha Kanwar; with the Prime Minister of Samoa,H.E. Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa.
The Minister will conclude her visit and return on the 19th September 2022.